School uniforms will be the new fashion statement at Towers High School when students return from the winter holiday break in January.
Student will be required to wear khaki pants, shorts or skirts, along with golf, polo or button down shirts. The shirts can be of any color or pattern.
“It gives us an identity,” said Towers Principal Ralph Simpson. “One of the things that has plagued Towers High School is the negative image that the school had. I believe that the students were more in favor of [the dress code change] because it gives them an identity.”
The students and parents also said the uniforms would save them money, Simpson said.
“They don’t have to worry about what they’re going to wear. They don’t have to worry about impressing their peers,” he said. “They don’t have to worry about …being talked about by their peers.
“Ultimately it cuts down on the level of disruptions and distractions that typically take place as a result of what someone is wearing—the inappropriateness of things that can be worn or how they can be worn,” Simpson said.
The idea to change the dress come was the result of a whim, Simpson said.
“It was an effort to get more parents out to the PTSA meeting,” he said. “Making the announcement on the intercom like I did to the students—typically you find in a high school that students don’t want to wear uniforms because of their individuality—I figured that they would run home complaining to their parents…and the parents would come out and support their children.
“But, interestingly enough, kids were going up to their teachers and administrators with a level of excitement,” he said. “Students were stopping me in the hall, so I said maybe this is something we should entertain.”
At a PTSA meeting the parents in attendance favored the change and the idea was approved by the school’s parents council.
More than 300 of the school’s 900 students signed a petition in support of the dress code change. Approximately 100 parents surveyed also consented. At a Dec. 5 PTSA meeting parents voted unanimously to require student uniforms, Simpson said.
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